US Navy’s GhostSwimmer Robot Is a Super Stealthy Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

By: | January 5th, 2015

Boston Engineering has developed a shark-like unmanned underwater vehicle called the GhostSwimmer as part of the US Navy’s NEMO project.

GhostSwimmer Specs:

  • Weighs 100 pounds
  • 5 feet long
  • Emulates the swimming style of a “large fish”
  • Capable of operating in depths of 10 inches to 300 feet
  • 500-foot tether for operating via a remote control
  • Can also operate autonomously
  • Records and transmits data upon surfacing

The GhostSwimmer is extremely stealthy thanks to its fish-like method of propulsion, allowing it to move quietly through water.

While the GhostSwimmer will probably be used the majority of times for covert operations, the Navy says the robot is more than capable of handling simple maintenance jobs as well such as hull inspection.

At Virginia Beach, the robot has been used forĀ gatheringĀ data on tides, varied currents, wakes, and weather conditions.

GhostSwimmer In Action:

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